GSA Technology Council

TSAChoice Bench Technician Bob Romano Celebrates 20 Years with Technology Integrator

TSAChoiceTechnology integrator TSAChoice, Inc., with offices in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC, is proud to announce that bench service technician Bob Romano celebrates his 20th year with TSAChoice in 2015.

As a bench service technician, Romano is a tech who repairs everything from basic computer monitors and printers to large video walls and plotters. He is one of the few people in Asheville with the expertise to repair this type of equipment. The most interesting job Romano says he has taken on during his career was the repair of a laser drill used to burn holes through diamonds, although he recently successfully fixed a coin operated football video game, and also repaired a video “sky” for Degrees of Paradise, for conceptual visual artist Mel Chin, which was created out of the old tube-style televisions. TSAChoice uses an apparatus, custom designed by Romano, to complete wireless surveys for larger applications and buildings, such as manufacturing facilities, with high ceilings.

via TSAChoice

Intellectual Capitol Named to 2015 Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies

“Southeastern technology staffing and consulting firm soars into top 1000 companies in America ranking with 531% growth

ICAPGreenville, South Carolina-based Intellectual Capitol, Inc. has joined the exclusive ranks of South Carolina companies named to the prestigious Inc. Magazine 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list, Inc. Magazine editors and principals of ICAP announced today. ICAP placed in the top 1000 companies at #834 overall as a first-year honoree.

Intellectual Capitol, or ICAP, is a staffing and technology services company that assists customers in designing, building, integrating, project managing and supporting mission-critical initiatives across the Southeastern United States. The certified woman-owned business has 22 employees with locations in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

In saluting Intellectual Capitol’s inaugural listing among the elite growth companies in America for 2015, Inc. editors noted that “Companies in the Inc. 5000 are great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy.”

Over 27 million businesses are registered in the United States and thus eligible for consideration; past honorees have included such brands as Microsoft, Under Armour, Visa, Intuit, Timberland, Publix, Patagonia and In South Carolina, roughly 50 organizations made the prestigious list in 2014.

Founded in 2003 by Barry Newkirk, who serves as Vice President and Managing Partner, and Traci Newkirk, the acting Chief Operating Officer, ICAP has experienced explosive growth emerging from the economic downturn of the last several years, according to Mr. Newkirk.

“We have more than doubled revenues each of the past three years consecutively, and business is growing sharply again in 2015 as customers seek strategic and efficient ways to tap the IT resources and talent they need to grow their organizations,” said Mr. Newkirk. “The ICAP team is delighted to be recognized as one of America’s fastest growing companies, and we dedicate this recognition to the commitment and hard work of our team, and to the successful partnerships that we have created with our clients and partners.”

ICAP comes in ranked at #834 place on the 2015 Top 5000 list, and ranks highly among IT Service providers on the list – historically one of the fastest-growing segments. The 2015 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2011 through 2014, with ICAP attaining 3-year growth of 531% and reported revenues of $2.5 million. To qualify, companies must be U.S. based and privately held, independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — and have had at least $100,000 in revenue in 2011, and over $2 million in 2014.

Because many organizations find it challenging to respond to constantly changing technology needs and initiatives using only internal staff, ICAP provides company CIOs, IT directors, and technical managers with high-quality IT talent and solutions rapidly and efficiently. By doing so, ICAP affords companies the ability to quickly respond to technology initiatives by strategically acquiring skills and cost-effectively managing available resources.

“As the technology industry has become increasingly competitive, it has become more and more difficult for many organizations to recruit and retain top IT talent,” said Mr. Newkirk. “ICAP delivers the brainpower of highly trained IT consultants and specialists who help take a company to the next level without the expense, delay, or inconvenience of lengthy recruiting and assessment processes. That has become our niche, and we do it exceedingly well. We are in business to serve our clients. We take that responsibility very seriously, every day.”

Inc. Magazine surveys private America’s independent businesses to take a comprehensive snapshot of that critical part of the economy. Participating companies vary widely in their focus, ranging from digital media companies, retailers and food and beverage companies to advanced manufacturers, technology and telecommunications businesses.

Added Mr. Newkirk, “We attribute our growth and continuing success to an unwavering focus on being an ‘Innovative Ally’ addressing IT recruiting and project needs, along with attentive service and a passion for helping grow our clients’ market share and profitability to achieve even higher levels of success. This honor is a recognition of their success as much as it is of ours.”

via Intellectual Capitol

Greenville Java Users Group Presents, “Intro to Docker” with Clay Johnson, Aug 13

“Clay will describe Docker, demonstrate basic setup and usage, and share how it’s helped development at M33.
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Clay is a software developer at M33 Integrated Solutions here in Greenville. He has a BS in Computer Information Systems from Clemson. He enjoys programming and the challenge of coming up with solutions to problems.

This meeting is being jointly presented by GreenJUG and Greenville Docker.

GSATC Presents, “How to Prepare Your Business to Sell” August 19

GSATC Lunch August 2015

Join us for our next learning lunch where serial entrepreneur, Brad Cunningham will cover the challenges and the strategy for preparing a business to sell. As the founder of a number of business that were built to sell, merged or spun off, Brad has extensive knowledge to share not only on the intricacies of selling a business, but how to do it effectively.


Professionalizing your business to take it to the next level.
a GSATC Learning Lunch
with Braddock Cunningham, Serial Entrepreneur & Business Coach

As Brad Cunningham covers the challenges of preparing your business to sell, he will cover:

  • The Financials
  • Organizational Structures
  • Legal Issues
  • Marketplace/Industry
  • Motivation (the most difficult challenge of all)

Don’t miss our August learning lunch where we’ll get exclusive insight into how to effectively sell a business from an experienced and established serial entrepreneur.

 Our Speaker  
Brad Cunningham An entrepreneur who has successfully sold his last 3 companies, Braddock Cunningham has been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, and the motivational book, “The Momentum Journey” by Rob Lohman.

He has authored articles in regional and international publications and has been a featured speaker at dozens of conferences and seminars and is a twice nominee for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Braddock’s companies have been recognized as a Top 25 Fastest Growing Company in South Carolina in 5 different years.

He is involved in several charities such as the American Mighty Warriors Foundation and sits on the board of the Julie Valentine Center (Greenville Rape Crisis and Child Advocacy Center). He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and holds a B.A. from Furman University and a MBA from Clemson University.

National Magazine Recognizes GSP International President/CEO Small Airport Director of the Year

GSP Airport logoAirport Revenue News is pleased to announce David N. Edwards Jr., president and CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg International (GSP), its 2015 Director of the Year in the small airports* category.

“Edwards’ work with GSP and his many years serving the aviation industry made him a truly deserving choice for this award,” says Ramon Lo, publisher of ARN.

David EdwardsAfter a lengthy process, Edwards was chosen by ARN’s editorial staff for his work in improving GSP and his continued efforts in advancing the aviation industry. Edwards is in the midst of leading GSP through a $125 million terminal improvement program called Wingspan that, among other things, will increase the airport’s capacity and efficiency. In 2009, he became president and CEO of GSP after serving as airport director of Asheville Regional (AVL). He has been chairman of Airports Council International-North America and on the board of directors for ACI World, and he is past president of the Southeast chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.

“I truly appreciate being recognized by ARN for service to an industry that has given so much to me and my family over the years,” Edwards says. “I would not have achieved many of the successes in my career without the support of others in the industry and my family. I love what I do and I am humbled by such recognition.”

Edwards will be interviewed in and featured on the cover of ARN’s October issue. He will be presented this award at the ARN Awards Show on the final night of the ARN 2016 Revenue Conference & Exhibition in Dallas.

*ARN is using the same classification as the Federal Aviation Administration, which re-classifies airports each year as small, medium or large hubs based on their percentage of the nation’s total annual passenger enplanements.

via Airport Revenue News

Radiate Technologies to Merge With Integral Solutions Group

Integral Solutions GroupIntegral Solutions Group and Radiate Technologies have merged to become the most extensive IT service company in South Carolina. Both companies are well known for offering dynamic IT solutions to our state’s many employers, and they agree the merger will enhance opportunities for businesses in South Carolina and beyond to have all of their IT needs managed by local experts.

radiate technologies“We are bringing exceptional talent and commitment together from two great organizations,” said Russ Weber, President, Integral Solutions Group, a division of J M Smith Corporation. “Under the outstanding leadership of Joe Strayer, our Senior Vice President and General Manager, this merger will benefit customers in South Carolina and beyond.”

The two companies have a large number of customers in South Carolina, especially in the legal, health care and professional services fields, although they offer solutions for business of any size and geographic location. These solutions include managed IT services, Cloud services, data backup and recovery, monitoring, network security and virtualization. In addition, Integral Solutions Group owns the only commercially available Tier IV data center in South Carolina, offering business continuity services, colocation and a locally staffed operations center for customer support, Help Desk solutions and network monitoring services.

“Radiate Technologies started in 2007 with a vision to offer customers high-quality, affordable technology services,” said Bob Scott, Founder of Radiate Technologies. “We have been highly successful in our market, but knew we needed to grow to continue to meet our customers’ needs. Integral Solutions Group is the perfect fit for our customers. They are committed to service, and offer a terrific array of technology solutions.”

Radiate Technologies will become part of Integral Solutions Group, but will maintain its presence in the Charleston area. Integral Solutions Group also has a presence in Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

“Radiate Integral Solution has supported the tremendous business growth witnessed in the Lowcountry over the last several years,” said Strayer. “By combining the talent and resources of our two companies, we are positioned to offer this market expanded services.”

via Integral Solutions Group

Clemson University Recognized at S.C. Clean Energy Summit for Advanced Energy initiatives

South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance has selected Clemson University as recipient of the energy summit award for its advanced energy programs and initiatives.

The 2015 S.C. Clean Energy Summit Award for Outstanding Achievement recognizes an organization that has singularly changed the landscape of the clean and advanced energy industry in South Carolina.

Nikolaos Rigas, executive director of Clemson University’s Restoration Institute, accepted the award on behalf of the university.

“We’re honored to be recognized for the work our faculty and students are doing to create clean energy alternatives and support sustainability,” said Rigas. “It means a great deal, coming from our South Carolina peers and partners who share our passion for clean and sustainable energy.”

Initiatives that highlight Clemson’s achievements in clean energy include:

  • the Clemson Solar Decathlon program’s Indigo Pine project, involving design and construction of a 1,000 square-foot, low-environmental-impact solar home using innovative solutions for significantly lowered energy costs;
  • hybrid battery research at CU-ICAR to improve battery longevity and repurpose retired batteries;
  • research at the Institute of Translational Genomics on international diverse sorghum materials to speed development of sustainable energy crops for transportation fuels;
  • the Carolina Energy Crop Alliance, a new public-private partnership between Clemson and Abengoa Energy Crops to research the use of different trees and grasses to produce sustainable biomass for energy; and
  • the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, where testing is under way in wind, solar, energy storage, micro-grid, as well as new energy efficient and resilient hardware and cyber-physical security of the electrical grid.

“The South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance is proud to call Clemson University a partner in our journey to make the Palmetto State a better place for the clean and advanced energy industry,” said Andrew Epting, SCCEBA program director.

“The university’s leadership is the example to follow in developing partnerships with industry to stir innovation and foster the growth of the knowledge-based economy in South Carolina.”

The S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance is a cooperative enterprise dedicated to growing the clean and advanced energy industry in South Carolina. This is the fourth S.C. Clean Energy Summit, which explores trends in the industry.

IT-oLogy Upstate Hosts Free Cyber Summer Classes for Middle and High School Students July 28-30

Cyber Summer by IT-oLogy Upstate is a free program run by IT-oLogy volunteers where students can learn more about IT. These creative sessions cover a variety of IT topics including hands-on activities as well as presentations from IT professionals. The content covered in a particular Cyber Summer Class rotates. The goal of this program is to give students the opportunity to explore and experience technology in new ways, learn about careers in technology, and inspire students to continue to learn through critical thinking so that they increase their proficiency in STEM.

Available Dates
July 28 – Module = TBD
Grades 6-8 from 9am-Noon
Grades 9-12 from 1pm-4pm

July 29 – Module = TBD
Grades 6-8 from 9am-Noon
Grades 9-12 from 1pm-4pm

July 30 – Module = TBD
Grades 6-8 from 9am-Noon
Grades 9-12 from 1pm-4pm

Register (or learn more) at IT-oLogy Upstate Cyber Summer

TSAChoice Engineer Michael Harmon Earns VMware Virtualization Certification

Technology integrator TSAChoice, Inc., with offices in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC, announces that Michael Harmon, a senior systems engineer who celebrates his 20th anniversary with TSAChoice in 2015, earned his Professional 5 Data Center Virtualization Certification through one of TSAChoice’s business partners, VMware.

Michael HarmonThis industry-recognized certification requires completion of a VMware-authorized training course and hands-on experience with VMware technologies. VCP-DCV certification confirms that the engineer has the education and the skills needed to successfully install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere environments. The certification is obtained after a minimum of six months experience with VMware infrastructure technologies.

via TSAChoice

Department of Energy Awards Clemson $6M to Combine Genomics and Robotics Research

Clemson University’s Institute of Translational Genomics, led by geneticist Stephen Kresovich, has been awarded $6 million by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as one of six projects seeking to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels.

ARPA-E, a federal agency within the Department of Energy that promotes and funds research and development of advanced energy technologies, announced the projects in Washington, D.C. When combined, the six selected TERRA (Transportation Energy Resources for Renewable Agriculture) projects have been allotted a total of $30 million.

Clemson’s project, with Kresovich as principal investigator, is titled “Breeding High Yielding Bioenergy Sorghum for the New Bioenergy Belt.” The university will collaborate with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and partners to combine genomics and robotics in an unprecedented approach to advancing agriculture and plant breeding.

According to the ARPA-E announcement, Kresovich will lead a team of geneticists, engineers and computational scientists in an expansive examination of the phenotype of a massive set of international diverse sorghum materials. The phenotype of an organism involves how genetic and environmental influences merge to create its physical appearance, composition and behavior.

In addition, researchers will design and build cutting-edge robotics – ground and aerial – that will use space-age technologies to enhance the ease and frequency of data collection for crop testing. These new instruments will directly contact the plants in order to systematically quantify physical characteristics that are currently measured with more labor-intensive methods. As a result, our understanding of the plant material’s potential use as a transportation fuel will increase dramatically.

“These projects represent the future of agriculture,” said Kresovich, Coker Chair and director of Clemson’s genomics institute. “They are examples of how advanced tools of engineering and genomics are going to be used to tailor and optimize agricultural systems and plant breeding in the 21st century. They bring together the best we know in biology, genetics and agronomy to be able to perform high-intensity screening to either identify useful genetic resources or to breed the newest and best hybrids particularly tailored for the end use.”

Kresovich’s team will use sophisticated cameras and imaging algorithms to develop 3-D models of individual plants and their canopy structure, implement machine-learning techniques to analyze the data, then translate the data into predictive algorithms for breeding improved biofuel sorghum hybrids, according to the ARPA-E announcement.

“We’re aiming for faster and better,” said Kresovich, who is recognized as one of the nation’s premier agricultural genetics experts. “We’ll be able to screen more genetic resources, look at more plant traits and calculate and understand which genes or gene networks are associated with those traits. We’re on the cusp of changing our impact on agriculture in the southeastern United States.”
The six projects will blend and advance the working relationship between agriculture, information technology, robotics and engineering.

“Clemson has received this grant because the university has top researchers, smart students and an overall staff capable of managing big projects,” Kresovich said. “We have the capability to effectively deliver innovative technology to the marketplace.”

via Clemson University